Chefs’ Choice winner Virgilio Martínez on friendships, the women in his life and new restaurant plans

After being voted by his peers to win the Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella DammCentral owner Virgilio Martínez talks to us about the progress made on his new restaurants, his relationships with fellow 50 Best cooks and the strong women who have helped him reach the top.

On the long journey back to Peru from Australia after The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, Virgilio Martínez and his wife and business partner Pia León were hard at work on their latest restaurant project, shunning sleep and inflight movies to sketch out floor plans for one of their most ambitious projects yet.

Such is the life of a high-flying chef duo with one of the most successful restaurants in South America, two popular locations in London and more in the pipeline for Lima and Cuzco – not to mention a baby son, a second cookbook, Central, and a number of collaborations with similarly high-profile cooks around the world.

Read the full article on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants website

Image credit: Cesar del Rio